Yes, this is turning into a series – welcome to episode 3 (1, 2). Apple has been granted a patent on Cover Flow. This is a design patent, not a utility one; in other words, not the implementation is patented, but the look. “Think of it as covering the distinctive shape of a Coke bottle and not how it works and you’ll get it,” Engadget explains. This means that anyone implementing something that looks even remotely similar is in danger of getting sued by Apple. Compiz, Songbird, you’re boned.